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  • Forum Thread: More Fun & Games With Guildhall Robin (Video)

    Best GHR video ever! I was filming a juvenile Blackbird and then GHR appeared. I'm not sure what goes through the mind of a Robin, but he spends a lot of time looking up at me and at the camera and occasionally looking off into space. At one point he went behind me and stood between me and the back...
  • Forum Thread: A Blast From The Past

    Last weekend I found a box of mini DV cassettes. Most of them are of my various trips to Japan in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. There are also about a dozen which are of BR. These would have been filmed in 2012 and possibly early 2013, when Mrs BR first paired up with him. I have only looked through two...
  • Forum Thread: Look What I Found!

    For those of you who remember him, here's a previously unseen clip of BR. I found a dozen or so short clips on a storage drive. They would all have been filmed using my Blackberry, so I had to get close to him. This clip is of him foraging in the garden. He would have been five months old at the...
  • Forum Thread: A Tale Of Two Robins: Updated July 27th

    This afternoon I spotted One Claw McGraw in his regular spot in the front car park. He also spotted me and hopped across to the front edge of the wall. I apologised for not having any mealies with me and asked him to wait, telling him I would be back with some. I returned a minute or two later and found...
  • Blog Post: A couple of days in late June.

    24th June. After a dull start the day gradually brightened up with a light SW wind. LOGGBOOK sightings. 4 Visitors - Heard a Grasshopper Warbler, Pheasant, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Buzzard, Skylark, Swallows, Cabbage Whites, Oystercatcher, Two Great Spotted Woodpecker...
  • Forum Thread: One Claw McGraw Joins The Three Quarter Tail Club

    Another of my Robins is moulting. In this case it is the oldest of the group, One Claw McGraw. He has a three quarter length tail and is residing in some reasonably dense shrubs near the front car park. I lured him out with some live mealies (what else?) and filmed him as he tucked in. I don't think...
  • Blog Post: Mid-June Summary.

    10th June. A hot sunny day brought forth a range of creatures for us to view. Catching up on sleep perhaps? Mallard and Shelduck enjoying the channel off Scargavel Point, on a hot sunny day. Young Great Spotted Woodpecker. House Sparrow on gorse. Large Red Damselfly. Sheep...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Railway Robin Has Started His Moult

    One week on and the tail feathers are coming in nicely. Those wing feathers are somewhat lacking and need replacing too. The mealies are a trade off for the photos!
  • Forum Thread: Railway Robin Has Started His Moult Updated July 16th

    Railway Robin has been conspicuous by his absence over the last week. Before today, I had only seen him vey briefly in that time. When he nipped down for his mealies today, I noticed his tail was missing. Railway Robin is two years old, so he has been through this before. Hopefully I will get more photos...
  • Blog Post: Early June review.

    1st June. A cold strong SW wind was blowing for most of the day with intermittent sunshine and showers.. Swallows were hunting in the lea of trees in the hamlet, until the rain cleared later. A pair of Pied Wagtails were also hunting - coming back and forth with beaksfull of insects. Swallows...
  • Forum Thread: That's What I Call Value For Money!

    I'll have two please...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Homebase Robins - The Second Brood 14-06-15

    I returned to Homebase this afternoon to see how the latest brood was progressing. There are four nestlings. Both adults were near the nest and they reacted to the offer of mealies in very contrasting ways. The female flew at me and pecked my hand before taking the mealies from the flower pot where I...
  • Forum Thread: Bathtime Robin June 20th 2015

  • Forum Thread: RSPB Spotlight: Robins by Marianne Taylor

    http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/rspb-spotlight-robins-9781472912114/ I purchased a copy this morning from Foyles in London. I started reading it on the Underground journey home and continued to read it as I was sitting in the garden during the afternoon. I didn't put the book down until I had read...
  • Forum Thread: I've Waited Almost Two Years For This Photo Op...

    Since the appearance of Little BR III back in August 2013 to be exact. This is the first juvenile Robin to visit the garden since then. I'm not counting GR, because he had gone through his body moult when I first saw him last year and already had adult coloured plumage. This young Robin put in an...
  • Blog Post: Sightings towards the end of May.

    17th May Strong north-westerly wind blowing. High tide about midday running at 9.5 m LOGBOOK ENTRIES Whimbrel, Blacktailed Godwit, Lapwing, Heron, Willow Warbler, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Canada Goose. 18th May Much warmer today although the NW wind was brisk with sunshine and some hail...
  • Forum Thread: Looks Like Someone Has Been Fighting... Updated 28th July

    When GHR came down for his mealies this morning, it was clear that he had been scrapping. I politely asked him to wait while I took some photos and he duly obliged by turning his head from one side to the other, thus allowing me to get some nice shots of his newly plucked bonce! His encounter clearly...
  • Blog Post: Summer time...

    What a gorgeous week at Loch Gruinart. To celebrate I quickly grabbed my clipboard and did a butterfly survey… mainly green-veined white butterflies to be seen but one or two peacocks as well. Peacock butterfly - Heather Watkin There’s plenty else to see on the woodland trail...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Has Anybody Seen My Tail Feathers?

    Slightly better view of that depleted tail! And a gratuitous Robin photo. Why not? He is after all, Britain's National Bird!
  • Forum Reply: RE: Homebase Robins - Updated 22-05-15

    On the very same day that her first brood fledged, the Female Robin constructed a new nest. Unfortunately, she made her new home on a mobile display unit which was moved just before she had completed the construction of the nest. However, she persisted and built another nest (her third) on the next display...
  • Forum Thread: Has Anybody Seen My Tail Feathers?

    Not sure what has happened to GR's tail feathers, but he only has one remaining! Maybe he's getting a head start on his moult lol
  • Forum Thread: Bathtime (Robin Style) 2015. Or is it 2012?

    Today I had a deja vu moment, when I was joined in the garden by a Robin who decided to take a bath just a couple of feet from where I was working on some fence panels. It wasn't GR. He only has a single tail feather and is too skittish to bathe so close to me. There are two possibilities. It was...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Britain's National Bird

    To the Victor go the spoils...
  • Media: Robin feeding from my hand at Leighton Moss

    My wife and I visited Leighton Moss RSPB on Saturday 23rd May and managed to tempt a few robins to take food from our hands. This is probably the clearest photo we got of one of them, it isn't easy trying to hold the camera in one hand while doing this and still getting it in focus etc.!
  • Blog Post: Strange goings on

    This week there has been a few odd goings on. They have not been particularly rare occurrences but unusually for one reason or another. Probably the strangest find was an unusual singing Willow Warbler along the Yellow Trail. Generally it was singing like a typical Willow Warbler , but occasionally it...